Raiser's Edge

Raiser's Edge

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Raiser's Edge

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9 out of 10
July 29, 2020
We use The Raisers Edge for our team. It is our primary database for maintaining all of our donors and their information. We use it to not …
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As good a tool as you make it

8 out of 10
January 31, 2020
Our Development Department uses Raiser's Edge on a daily basis to manage relationships with donors including entering gift data, tracking …
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Score 8 out of 10
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Raiser's Edge is great at recording donations and donor information and allows for variety in queries and reporting. It is also great for large databases where new information is constantly updated and queried.
MyAn Pacholkow, bCRE | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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It's a sophisticated and well-built software, with lots of tracking and recording capabilities. All and all, excellent ability to segment. However, the look is outdated, integration is cumbersome depending on what program you want to bring data in. Reporting is not the best, almost any big organization have to pull raw data and manipulate it in a different environment to achieve good Data visualization.
Linda Behrman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Raisers Edge is outstanding for storing and reporting on constituent data and communications. There are many options for creating methods of tracking by different information included and also for creating personalized tracking methods.
Raisers Edge is not very well suited for an organization that also has a gift shop and visitors center. Allowing membership admission and item sales is not practical.
Score 1 out of 10
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Raiser's Edge works if you are a medium or large size charity and you are well versed in database management. You will need a full-time dedicated Database Manager that really knows Raiser's Edge to maintain your records.
NOTE: Database managers well versed in Raiser's Edge are hard to come by.

Blackbaud's suite of products including Raiser's Edge used to be the best out there and that is no longer the case. They are making it more and more difficult to reconcile using them in any capacity. There are solutions out there that more user-friendly, cheaper, and have better customer support.
Score 9 out of 10
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The Raisers Edge is well suited for anyone doing fundraising. It keeps things stored neatly and is easy to pull out information when it is needed (provided the information is correct and clean when it goes in). It may not be suited for small or short term fundraising but it does definitely have advantages.
Score 6 out of 10
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Suited for tracking donors, attributes, interactions, contact information, memberships
  • Suited for organizations that can hire a database admin
  • Suited for front line fundraising and management of small to medium donor portfolios
  • Not very well suited for dynamic reporting, most reports need to be massaged by a database administrator
  • Not very user-friendly, not at all plug and play
  • Not suitable for quickly reporting performance or AB testing
February 10, 2020

We love Raisers Edge!

Kourtney Kirkpatrick | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Raisers Edge was perfect to house a university database. Since there were many different schools, programs, and organizations within the University, our donors wanted to be able to give to specific areas on campus and Raisers Edge made it easy to track donors and their giving across campus. We loved Raisers Edge!
Jesse Thill | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I've been using The Raisers Edge for five years now. The NXT version is vastly improved over RE7. Other than the lack of membership reports through the web version and the load time for some of the data, I have no real complaints with The Raisers Edge. It's been an outstanding CRM tool for our division. Before The Raisers Edge, I used Advance at another institution, and I would rate The Raisers Edge much higher. It's an excellent tool for a collaborative team like ours, where multiple notes and contact reports for individual constituents can be added and reviewed quickly. Perhaps the most significant improvement fro RE7 to NXT is the map feature. When you host a lot of events like we do, location can make or break attendance in a large metropolitan area. The map feature allows up to narrow in on a location most convenient to our alumni. That feature is used daily. I highly recommend The Raisers Edge as a CRM tool for alumni relations and advancement teams.
Score 8 out of 10
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If your organization can afford Raiser's Edge and other software that communicates with Raiser's Edge, such as Financial Edge and Volunteer Hub, then it is a great investment. Investment in a CRM is essential for any development team as you need a central location to store donor information from gift history to actions to opportunities. Excel just won't cut it!
Alicia Barevich, bCRE, bCEE | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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If you want to have excellent segmentation in solicitations, or other communications, Raiser's Edge is probably more than capable of providing you with what you need. More often than not, any handicaps are probably from data integrity, rather than the software itself. It doesn't integrate well with solutions for other independent school needs, so that's where I'd hesitate giving a glowing endorsement.
Salvador Orochena | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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The application focuses on fundraising, move management, events, and interactions. If this is your core business then it will suit you well. Customization is limited though, and you end up using Attributes to fill in gaps.
Danielle Siemons | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 4 out of 10
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I would not recommend The Raisers Edge. Please note this review is for Raisers Edge and not RE NXT. I've worked in other non-profits that have used more functional and diverse database management systems. This seems like what most universities always stick with, but it does get the job done at the end of the day. It just takes a while and a lot of training to figure out all the intricacies.
Lena Trubnikova | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I would recommend that people use The Raisers Edge (RE) as the main depository of information about the organization's constituent base, gifts, pulling queries. I find that the interface is becoming really dated and some features are not user-friendly for fundraisers, but I guess NXT is solving this issue.
Score 8 out of 10
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For identifying potential high-level donors Raiser’s Edge offers a built-in rating system. There's no need to buy additional tools if you have a small department. These tools can help in the development of major//medium gift portfolios for staff. It can often be hard to learn best practices across different companies, as it is very customizable and unique to each organization.
Score 10 out of 10
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Compared to other donor relations software, Raiser's Edge is the best I have used. I am happy with the support they provide when having issues, and there is a lot of resources available online, and all necessary data fields are included.
December 16, 2018

Good, bad, and ugly

Rachel Slager | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Large non-profits are great clients for this software. Anyone investing in a custom database should consider Raisers Edge (RE) first, as custom databases are only as good as the staff who built it and the likelihood that they won't get a different job. Mid-size organizations who are donor funded more than grant funded should take a good look at this, especially if they can invest in training for a staff person solely dedicated to managing the software. Small organizations, particularly those with a fundraising department of fewer than 10, should look elsewhere at software like Salesforce. Any organization who relies heavily on grant funding or needs to do extensive endowment management/reporting should look for an alternative as Raiser's Edge has never successfully created grant management tools, nor do they have integrated software for this.
Score 8 out of 10
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With large organizations, Raisers Edge may be the only option for one to consider unless you have the ability to have a custom database made for you in the case of higher education institutions and hospitals. Many people have used the product so it's really easy to find answers to questions you have online without having to get in touch with Blackbaud, which can be time-consuming.
Sydney Graczyk | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The Raisers Edge is well suited for an organization that deals with multiple streams of intake and outtake. It is well suited for organizations that have a large base of people to track. The Raisers Edge is not appropriate for businesses that do not need to organize information in different forms or to manipulate data.
Elora Tocci | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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The Raisers Edge is great for basic functionalities such as tracking and looking up information about donors and gifts. It is also great for people who will not need the database for more than basic tracking or do not have time or capacity for an extended training. For a situation that requires more in-depth analysis or for someone who will spend a lot of time with the system on a daily basis, I might recommend looking elsewhere.
Michelle Hidalgo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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The Raisers Edge is a great donor record management database and NXT is an intuitive and attractive edition. NXT is necessary for reminders on major giving prospects and the mobile view is great for donor visits. Raisers is quite costly so for companies looking to spend less there are other alternatives.